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Return to School and COVID-19 updates

If you have questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Coronavirus hotline 800-889-3931 or send an email to: [email protected] 

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Click links below for details about our 2020-21 return to school plan and a related FAQ document.

Restore Illinois Phase 4 School Day Plan

 

FAQ Regarding 2020-21 School Year 

FAQ for In-Person Learning

Recording of 9/24 webinar re: shifting to in-person learning
Posted 9/24/20

On Sept. 24, Superintendent David Larson hosted a webinar about the criteria that will determine our move to the in-person portion of our hybrid learning model. The webinar provided information about such matters as the class schedule, health department guidance and data, survey results and a typical routine of the school day during in-person learning.

Watch the webinar recording here.

Dr. Larson also has shared information about the four key criteria that will allow us to shift to our hybrid model:

  • Health data
  • Staffing
  • Quarantine restrictions
  • Safety protocols and equipment

Please review this FAQ document, which features questions and answers about the four key criteria and our move to in-person learning.

Webinar reminder, FAQ for return to in-person learning
Superintendent David Larson has shared information about the four key criteria that will allow us to shift to our hybrid model:

  • Health data
  • Staffing
  • Quarantine restrictions
  • Safety protocols and equipment

Please review this FAQ document, which features questions and answers about the four key criteria and our move to in-person learning.

After you review the FAQ document, if you have additional questions, please submit them through this Google Form by Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Reminder: On Thursday, Sept. 24, the district will host a Zoom Webinar to share information about our unique and challenging 2020-21 educational journey. The Webinar will answer questions about such matters as the class schedule, health department guidance and data, survey results and a typical routine of the school day during in-person learning. At 7 p.m. Sept. 24, join the Webinar here.

Webinar about hybrid model set for Sept. 24
Posted 9/18/20

While we are in the remote only portion of our hybrid learning model, we continue to carefully review criteria that would allow us to move to in-person learning. On Thursday, Sept. 24, the district will host a webinar to share information about our unique and challenging 2020-21 educational journey. The webinar will answer questions about such matters as the class schedule, health department guidance and data, survey results and a typical routine of the school day during in-person learning. At 7 p.m. Sept. 24, join the Webinar here.

On Sept. 21, families will receive an FAQ document that provides an overview of information about these areas, as well as a link to a Google Form. After you review the FAQ on Monday, if you have additional questions, you may submit them through the Google Form.

Larson: four criteria will determine shift to in-person learning
Posted 9/16/20

We continue to monitor DuPage County COVID-19 rates and metrics provided by the state and county health departments to determine when our in-person hybrid learning model can begin. Currently, the growing number of COVID-19 cases in DuPage is a major barrier to in-person learning. We are eager to have students return for in-person learning, but to do so safely, there needs to be a consistent downward trend in COVID-19 data. 

Each day, we continue to assess the health department metrics, along with the other three criteria areas noted below. We will appraise families regularly. 

There are four key criteria that will allow us to shift to our hybrid model:

  • Health data
  • Staffing
  • Quarantine restrictions
  • Safety protocols and equipment 

Health Data
Of the four criteria, current health data is an area of concern regarding our ability to return to in-person learning. According to the DuPage Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), DuPage is seeing trends that cause concerns. 

Now, more than ever, it is critical that each of us adheres to health officials’ guidelines:

  • Wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth
  • Maintain social distancing of six feet; and
  • Wash hands frequently.  

On Sept. 11, the IDPH placed DuPage in a warning category because of the number of new COVID-19 cases and the number of deaths. The IDPH threshold is 50 new positive cases per 100,000 people; however, in DuPage, cases have grown to 89 per 100,000 people. This trend has placed DuPage County in a cautionary position.  

On Sept. 14, the DuPage County Health Department released its Metrics for Schools, based on IDPH data. Of the six COVID-19 metrics the county is monitoring, five are trending upwards for this past week. Know that this alarming trend could be reversed if each of us adheres to health recommendations.  Wearing masks, social distancing and washing your hands are highly recommended precautions.  If you have COVID-19, please work with the local health department to isolate and/or quarantine to stop the spread. 

While the health data is alarming, the status for each of our other three criteria is at an acceptable level. 

Staffing
As part of our planning for a return to in-person learning, we have forecasted necessary staffing levels. We have specific staffing level targets for categories such as substitutes, additional supervisors, security, transportation, food service and custodial services.

  • Sufficient staff for student supervision is a key concern at this time.
    • While students won’t eat lunch in school, per safety precautions, they will have a lunch period. During this time, they can take advantage of various resources and supports. Student lunch room locations have been carefully assigned to comply with space limitations. 
  • Security staffing is at 50% of the staffing target. This remains a concern and we are working with the private contractor to increase these numbers.
  • We worked with our contracted food service, transportation and custodial service companies to ensure they would have sufficient staff when we return to in-person learning.  

Quarantine Restrictions
We are required to follow the strict guidelines for contact tracing if quarantine is required, per the DuPage County Health Department. The protocols for complying with contact tracing can be done efficiently and effectively if each of us complies with the safety protocols. Fewer individuals will be quarantined if each of us adheres to the safety protocols. Quarantine represents 14 or more days.  

Safety Protocols and Equipment

  • Building capacity plan is complete, by period and by classroom and other school venues
    • Our building administration continues to review and refine safety protocols.
  • Thermal temperature and self-certification screening technology is in place and functioning.
  • All directional and cautionary signs are in place.
  • Quarantine rooms are identified.
  • Contact tracing procedures are outlined and functioning.
  • Air quality has been thoroughly tested.
  • Personal protective equipment has been distributed:  disinfectant spray, sanitizer, masks (including N95 fitted masks for critical staff), gloves, Plexiglas barriers, electrostatic sprayer, etc.

How you can help
This week, three out of our four criteria are at an acceptable level. It is critical for each of us to be diligent regarding the health precautions. I am confident that our combined efforts will result in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases so we can safely launch our hybrid learning model soon.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent 

Superintendent announces delayed start of in-person learning
Posted 8/31/20
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your support as we launched the fully remote school day. Our students are working hard, and our talented instructors have been nimble and resourceful in facilitating relevant and challenging learning experiences via livestream through our digital platforms and tools. The changes made to remote learning over the summer have resulted in a more engaging school experience for students. While we opened in remote, we also have worked diligently to develop processes and identify the staff needed to make our hybrid model successful.

While we take great pride in our carefully designed hybrid model, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the start of in-person learning (our hybrid model) due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19. We will continuously monitor COVID-19 rates and metrics provided by the state and county to evaluate when the Hybrid Schedule can start and will assess the metrics and re-evaluate every six weeks, the next will be on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. We will notify you regularly of any changes.  Information from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the DuPage County Department of Health indicate high COVID-19 rates.  This data includes the DuPage County Health Department’s Return to School Framework, rates in Glenbard communities that are continuing to climb, as well as the increasing numbers of new cases in the county.

Community Transmission of COVID-19
We monitor the COVID-19 situation both locally and nationally. DuPage County continues to have a growing number of cases of COVID-19 as seen in this DuPage Health Department summary. We are aware of individuals being infected at social gatherings in the community and then transmitting COVID-19 to others. Communities and schools that experienced increased COVID-19 cases have had to revert to increased restrictions and close schools after trying to open safely.  We can learn from these cases that our diligence and dedication to following all precautions in the community and in our day-to-day lives can have a direct impact on each other’s well-being and our collective desire to return to some level of in-person learning.

The trend of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our communities. See below for an example of the increase in cases in our four largest communities in a five-week window.

Total Number of Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Source: DuPage County Health Department

Date Glen Ellyn Glendale Heights Carol Stream Lombard
July 19, 2020 195 764 557 452
Aug. 26, 2020 428 865 758 684

If someone in your household is sick or awaiting COVID-19 test results, do not attend our athletic events or other school-related events and activities. We strongly urge families to not have social gatherings at their home or elsewhere in the community. We implore Glenbard families to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public, wash their hands and stay home if they are sick to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and get us closer to offering in-person learning.

Feedback Form
As we continue to move forward with remote learning, we want to gather feedback regarding your experience, student experiences and staff experiences with our fully remote learning. We made substantial changes to our schedule, instruction and grading since our remote learning experience last spring and recognize that input from all stakeholders is needed in order to continue to improve remote learning.  Please take the time to share your feedback in this survey.

When it comes time to launch the hybrid schedule, we will continue to work hard to keep students and staff safe and engaged. Be assured that we are committed to safely providing the best possible learning experience for each student. Many thanks for your continued patience and support.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Superintendent message about first day of school
Posted 8/14/20

Dear Glenbard families,

What a challenging year. Thank you for your support as we prepare for this year’s unique kickoff to the school year. Even in these difficult times, we are confident your student will have a quality, rigorous experience. The following is important information to be aware of regarding the first day of school. 

READY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL- for students and parents

School starts at 7:30AM on Monday, August 17, and all students are learning remotely until September 8. Students should log into Schoology on their Glenbard iPad before 7:30AM. Then, open your first period class and tap the link to the livestream video. If you do not see a link to the livestream, email your teacher.

Follow the schedule below:

School schedule for August 17

Things to do before school starts:

Students with technical difficulties may submit a technical help request online or call the technical support phone line at 630-942-7777. Then leave a message with your first and last name, school, ID number, call back phone number and a description of the issues. A tech support person will call you back during school hours. This is available in English and Spanish. 

Thanks again for your understanding and support. 

David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Information about using Schoology and PowerSchool
Posted 8/14/20

We know that families always want to stay in touch with student grades, attendance and assignments. This is even more important this year due to the changes in teaching and learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families have two important tools for assessing information about your student’s progress and learning: PowerSchool and Schoology. Please make sure you know how to access these two important resources so you can stay up-to-date. Click here for more information and access instructions for PowerSchool and Schoology. 

PowerSchool: Every Glenbard family has a PowerSchool account. This is the account you used to register for school. Students and parents/guardians can view grades, scores, and schedules in PowerSchool. For easy access to this information, use the PowerSchool app on your phone. Click here for instructions on accessing the PowerSchool app (in English and Spanish).

Schoology is the heart of remote learning at Glenbard. Here teachers will post links to the live stream, along with assignments and learning materials. With your Schoology account, you will be able to view your student’s activity within Schoology, including the homework they have turned in, teacher feedback, due dates for future assignments and other important class information.

 


Superintendent announces adjustment to school reopening plan
Posted 8/3/20
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unusual journey as we prepare to launch the school year. We believe our Hybrid model of instruction provides a strong academic experience for both in-person and remote learning. However, due to the complexities of launching this schedule, it has become necessary to proceed with launching Fully Remote livestream learning for all students on Aug. 17 and delaying the in-person/Hybrid model until Sept. 8. Reasons for this include the following:

  • We have been faced with the challenge of hiring levels of additional support staff necessary to sustain and operate a safe and healthy school day. Staffing issues include hiring those employees who will supervise students, ensure areas are appropriately cleaned and sanitized, and facilitate the appropriate routines and safety protocols.
  • We are working through our building capacity planning, which is contingent on our family survey. Specifically, how many families select Fully Remote learning for their students versus our Hybrid learning model.  Survey results were due August 2.
  • In addition, postponing the in-person portion of the Hybrid model allows faculty and students to carefully and effectively focus on becoming accustomed to the features of livestreaming instruction.
  • Lastly, we believe ensuring a safe and efficient educational day for our students and teachers requires significant detailed planning regarding the operations, functions and routines of the school day. The Sept. 8 start will provide the time to thoroughly prepare to ensure a safe, manageable and productive day for our students.

Our goal is to launch our in-person/Hybrid model on Sept. 8. You may review our Fully Remote and Hybrid models here.

Also, please review our FAQ regarding the 2020-21 school year and draft IHSA guidance for sports seasons.  When the final IHSA plan is approved, the modified fall sports season will begin regardless of the instructional model we are deploying.

While this is an adjustment to our plan, know that we are very confident with the features and options provided by our robust technology infrastructure. Teachers can livestream lessons and have the ability for all students to collaborate in Zoom breakout rooms. With iPads, Zoom, Schoology and other tools Glenbard has a complete digital classroom. Teacher-led instruction is provided according to the following schedule:

GLENBARD FULLY REMOTE SCHEDULE
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Period 1:  7:30-8:40 Period 1:  7:30-8:40 Period 1: 7:30-8:10

Period 2: 8:20-9:00

Period 6:  7:30-8:40 Period 6:  7:30-8:40
Period 2: 8:45-9:55 Period 2: 8:45-9:55 Period 3: 9:10-9:50

Period 4: 10:00-10:40

Period 7: 8:45-9:55 Period 7: 8:45-9:55
Period 3: 10:00-11:10 Period 3: 10:00-11:10 Period 5: 10:50-11:30

Period 6: 11:40-12:20

Period 8: 10:00-11:10 Period 8: 10:00-11:10
Period 4: 11:15-12:25 Period 4: 11:15-12:25 Period 7: 12:30-1:10

Period 8: 1:20-2:00

Period 5: 11:15-12:25 Period 5: 11:15-12:25
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 1:00-2:25: Students participate in additional learning activities via Schoology, attend teacher office hours, complete homework as assigned.

Zero hour does not meet at a specific time and these courses have learning activities available via Schoology.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent


Recording of school webinars re: return to school
Each of our high schools hosted a webinar about our return to school plan. You may watch a recording of the webinar at the links below.

Glenbard East
Glenbard North
Glenbard South
Glenbard West

To offer feedback on the plan, use the Feedback Form.

Return to school webinar slideshow and video
Posted 7/29/20

Return to school webinar slideshow
Return to school webinar video en Espanol
Return to school slideshow presentation en Espanol 
Return to school parent feedback form

Principals to host family webinar re: return to school
Posted 7/28/20

This week, each of our principals will host a webinar designed to educate families about our return to school model of instruction for the fall semester. Details about the webinar, including a link to the webinar, are in the news feed on each high school’s website and at each school’s link below.

The webinars will be hosted at 6 p.m. on the following dates:
East – July 28

North – July 28

South – July 29

West – July 29

A copy of the presentation is here. Each webinar will be recorded each evening and a link to the recording will be shared with families after the webinar ends.

Helpful information to review prior to the webinar includes:

Glenbard School Day Plan for Families Link

FAQ Regarding 2020-21 School Year

Families may choose Fully Remote or Hybrid model July 27 – Aug. 2
Posted 7/25/20

Starting on July 27, families should follow the steps below to log into PowerSchool and choose either our return to school Hybrid model or Fully Remote model. The deadline to choose is Aug. 2.

Follow these steps to indicate your choice:

  • Login to PowerSchool with your parent account
  • Select Fully Remote or Hybrid in the pop-up window for each of your students
  • Deadline to choose Fully Remote is Aug. 2

Review our D87 Restore Illinois Phase 4 School Day Plan and a related FAQ.

Be sure to note the following important dates related to return to school:

  • July 27 – PowerSchool feature that allows parents/guardians to choose our Fully Remote Option goes live.
  • August 2 – Deadline for Fully Remote option students/families to indicate their choice in PowerSchool.
  • August 10 – Teachers return.
  • August 17 – First day for students.

Superintendent shares Restore Illinois Phase 4 School Day Plan
Posted 7/22/20

Restore Illinois Phase 4 School Day Plan

FAQ Regarding 2020-21 School Year

Dear D87 Parents and Guardians,   

I trust that you have been able to enjoy this summer despite the many challenges caused by the pandemic crisis. Many thanks for your patience and support as we have navigated through a challenging opening of the school year planning process due to slow, inconsistent and sometimes confusing guidelines and mandates distributed by state agencies.

After a careful and intentional design process, we are confident that the D87 Restore Illinois Phase Four 4 School Day Plan will meet the needs of all students and families. See the D87 Restore Illinois Phase Four 4 School Day Plan and FAQ.  The plan includes the following strengths and advantages:

  1. Key steps, structures and processes built into the school day to adhere to mandated health and safety guidelines of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and DuPage County Department of Health.
  2. While managing and limiting high numbers of students within the building, the redesigned schedule prioritizes teacher-led instruction.
  3. Families who choose the fullyremote online learning option will benefit from the same amount of teacher-led instruction as those participating in the hybrid option. 
  4. There are allotted times for students to receive additional  support, help and resources.
  5. The plan positions D87 to pivot and shift quickly, between hybrid and fully remote online learning,even by the August 17 start of school date, should that be necessary.

Parents and guardians of each D87 high school will have the opportunity to hear an overview of the plan in a webinar format at the following times:

Glenbard East   – Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m.
Glenbard North – Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m.
Glenbard South – Wednesday, July 29, at 6 p.m.
Glenbard West – Wednesday, July 29, at 6 p.m.

Directions or Transition programs – it is recommended that you join one of the webinars listed above. Directions Principal Raquel Wilson or Transition Supervisor Dawn Langdon will contact you separately to gather input/feedback on the 2020-21 plan.

After the plan is reviewed during the webinar, there will be an opportunity for parents and guardians to submit questions and ideas that will help in future planning and additions to the FAQ.

Your principal will send a follow-up email with access information for your school’s webinar. 

Important dates: 

August 2 – Deadline for Fully Remote Option students/families to notify district
August 10 – Teachers Return
August 17 – First Day for Students

We understand the difficult decisions, adjustments and sacrifices that everyone needs to make as we face down the pandemic. We appreciate your support and understanding. We will get through this together.

David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent